The 50 Most Popular Country Music Stars

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50. Marty Robbins
> All time appearances on Billboard’s Hot Country chart: 753
> Marty Robbins Wikipedia page views in the last 12 months: 505,079
> All time weeks with any album at No. 1 on Billboard’s Top Country Albums chart: 1
> Album with most No. 1 appearances: El Paso City (1 week)

Arizona native Marty Robbins learned to play guitar while serving in the Navy during World War II. From 1959 to 1976, Robbins piled up 11 No. 1 hits on the Billboard country song chart. His first hit, “El Paso,” was a crossover success, reaching No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 and earning him the first of his two Grammy Awards.

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49. Vince Gill
> All time appearances on Billboard’s Hot Country chart: 676
> Vince Gill Wikipedia page views in the last 12 months: 969,285
> All time weeks with any album at No. 1 on Billboard’s Top Country Albums chart: 1
> Album with most No. 1 appearances: The Key (1 week)

This Oklahoma-born singer-songwriter, once a member of the group Pure Prairie League, is the only performer to have won five consecutive Country Music Association awards for Best Male Vocalist (he has also tied with George Strait for the most overall victories in that category). Vince Gill has also collected some 21 Grammy Awards, more than any other male country singer.

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48. Martina McBride
> All time appearances on Billboard’s Hot Country chart: 738
> Martina McBride Wikipedia page views in the last 12 months: 358,274
> All time weeks with any album at No. 1 on Billboard’s Top Country Albums chart: 3
> Album with most No. 1 appearances: Greatest Hits (3 weeks)

After getting her start opening for Garth Brooks on tour, Martina McBride released her first album in 1992, followed by her second a year later, which marked her first commercial success. A 14-time Grammy nominee, McBride has been called “the Celine Dion of country music” for her vocal range.

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47. Chris Stapleton
> All time appearances on Billboard’s Hot Country chart: 278
> Chris Stapleton Wikipedia page views in the last 12 months: 913,426
> All time weeks with any album at No. 1 on Billboard’s Top Country Albums chart: 29
> Album with most No. 1 appearances: Traveller (29 weeks)

The one-time leader of the contemporary bluegrass band The SteelDrivers and a songwriter whose work was recorded by George Strait, Brad Paisley, and many more (even pop singer Adele), Chris Stapleton emerged as a star in his own right in 2015 with his debut album, “Traveller,” one of three albums to top the Billboard country album chart. This won him Country Music Association awards for Album of the Year, New Artist of the Year, and Best Male Vocalist, as well as Grammys for Best Country Album and Best Country Solo Performance — and many more honors have followed.

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46. Linda Ronstadt
> All time appearances on Billboard’s Hot Country chart: 97
> Linda Ronstadt Wikipedia page views in the last 12 months: 3,320,526
> All time weeks with any album at No. 1 on Billboard’s Top Country Albums chart: 4
> Album with most No. 1 appearances: Heart Like a Wheel (4 weeks)

Linda Ronstadt first rose to fame as the lead singer of folk rock trio Stone Poneys, whose hit “Different Drum” peaked at No. 13 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1968. Ronstadt soon embarked on a solo career that emphasized her country roots, and has since garnered nearly every possible accolade in the genre. To date, Ronstadt has clocked four No. 1 country albums, 10 Grammy Awards, a Country Music Award, and in 2019 received a Kennedy Center Honor for her contribution to American culture.

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45. Ronnie Milsap
> All time appearances on Billboard’s Hot Country chart: 705
> Ronnie Milsap Wikipedia page views in the last 12 months: 307,768
> All time weeks with any album at No. 1 on Billboard’s Top Country Albums chart: 11
> Album with most No. 1 appearances: Greatest Hits, Vol. 2 (11 weeks)

Ronnie Milsap, a singer and piano player who has been blind since birth, has had an astounding country music career. Born in a poor rural area in North Carolina, the six-time Grammy Award winner has amassed 35 No. 1 singles from 1974 to 1989. Two of his four No. 1 albums on the Top Country Albums list are greatest hits collections.

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44. Billy Ray Cyrus
> All time appearances on Billboard’s Hot Country chart: 219
> Billy Ray Cyrus Wikipedia page views in the last 12 months: 1,547,769
> All time weeks with any album at No. 1 on Billboard’s Top Country Albums chart: 34
> Album with most No. 1 appearances: Some Gave All (34 weeks)

Until recently, Billy Ray Cyrus was mostly known as the father of combustible pop star Miley Cyrus and as the singer of the hit “Achy Breaky Heart” from 1992. Then in 2019 he collaborated with rapper Lil Nas X, creating an unlikely pairing that produced “Old Town Road,” which made history by staying atop Billboard’s Hot 100 for 19 weeks, the longest stretch in the chart’s 60-year history.

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43. Ray Price
> All time appearances on Billboard’s Hot Country chart: 799
> Ray Price Wikipedia page views in the last 12 months: 2,797
> All time weeks with any album at No. 1 on Billboard’s Top Country Albums chart: 9
> Album with most No. 1 appearances: For the Good Times (9 weeks)

The richly baritoned two-time Grammy winner changed the cadence in country music in the 1950s. The Texan experimented with a more relentlessly rhythmic sound that is still called the “Ray Price beat” in country circles. Price scored six No. 1 hits on the Hot Country Songs chart, including “The Same Old Me” in 1959 and “City Lights” in 1958. He also enjoyed crossover triumphs with “For The Good Times” in 1971.

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42. Tanya Tucker
> All time appearances on Billboard’s Hot Country chart: 745
> Tanya Tucker Wikipedia page views in the last 12 months: 1,105,119
> All time weeks with any album at No. 1 on Billboard’s Top Country Albums chart: 1
> Album with most No. 1 appearances: Here’s Some Love (1 week)

Tanya Tucker first made her mark in country music at 13 years old in 1972 with the single “Delta Dawn,” which reached No. 6 on the Hot Country Songs chart. Even greater success would follow for the Texas native. The next year, she had the first two of her 10 No. 1 hits on the Hot Country Songs list — “What’s Your Mama’s Name” and “Blood Red and Goin’ Down.” Tucker has had 40 Top 10 country hits over her nearly 50-year career.

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41. Miranda Lambert
> All time appearances on Billboard’s Hot Country chart: 567
> Miranda Lambert Wikipedia page views in the last 12 months: 1,327,173
> All time weeks with any album at No. 1 on Billboard’s Top Country Albums chart: 6
> Album with most No. 1 appearances: Platinum (6 weeks)

Miranda Lambert, the singer-songwriter who’s won two Grammys, has scored five No. 1 hits on the Hot Country Songs chart, including “Somethin’ Bad,” “Heart Like Mine,” and “Over You.” The Texas native, whose father played guitar and wrote songs, has enjoyed even more success with her albums, notching seven No. 1 country LPs, including “Kerosene” and “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend.”